Zoe Delambre and romantic international thrillers

Introduction: 

My name is Zoe Delambre. I am a native Texan with close ties to Europe since childhood. I think of myself as transcontinental, but that is a bit of a romanticized idea – though my head is transcontinental. For most of each year I live on the American Third Coast, the one on the Gulf of Mexico. 

I actually am working on two books right now. 

One is set to be released in the 1st quarter of 2019. It’s tentatively titled BLACK NOCHE and is the 2nd in the Salt Tales series based on the lives of four people living on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border where the modern political hot potato is whether to build a wall. The main characters grew up on both sides of the Rio Grande border with centuries of family ties on both sides of the river. Billionaire lifestyles are real in that area, but way outside of what the popular concept is. The Salt Tales series looks at the border in a very different way than most people see it. The series is centered in the romantic international thriller vein. The first book, HOT AGUA, is set in New York City, Texas, Mexico, and France. The rest of the series changes locations but continues to continent hop. 

The second one is due for release in 3rdor 4thquarter of 2019. It’s not part of the Salt Tales and has a whole new set of characters. All I’m willing to say about it right now is that it also is in the romantic international thriller vein, set in Scotland and France and well-wrapped in “wuwu.” And I’m having a blast writing it.

Q & A: 

Indie or Traditional?  Or somewhere in between?  Tell us how you’re getting your books out into the world.  

So far, I am indie all the way. That could change. But it may not. The world is changing so much. Publishing is shifting beneath our feet. So who knows? 

Where can we buy your books??  Links please! 

HOT AGUA is the first book in the Salt Tales series. It is available online  at Barnes & Noble  on Kobo, and on Amazon

Who are your favorite authors/writers to follow on social media?  Please give us 3-5, so we can follow them too! 

I have to apologize to the modern world here. I seem to be stuck on reading dead people; I sincerely am working on this. 

My most recent passion is John O’Donohue. Unfortunately I only found him about month after he died. But I have read everything he wrote I can get my hands on. Even dead he has a webpage. And there is a scheduled “new” release of his unpublished writing coming out 6 November 2018. Very Irish. Very ancient Irish. If you haven’t read him, do. 

I’m also currently reading everything I can written by British antiquarian and historian Ronald Hutton. He actually is alive so I’m making progress. 

Besides those two, I’m mostly still working on French Romantics who died in the 1800s. I’m not big with social media. But they are less so. 

Which authors/writers do you find the most supportive on social media?  You know, the ones who are always cheering you on, retweeting your posts, and all around wonderful people.  

I have to admit, I have recently stumbled into some very supportive international groups of writers. You are one! And I suppose the others who really stick out are Lizzie Chantree and H.A. Burns. 

What have you done (or do you do) to show support to your fellow authors? We’re always looking for more ways to help lift each other up! 

I recently started an author interview section on my webpage. Since I have only minimal social media skills, that seemed like a reasonable step. And so far, even though it is just recently begun, I have really enjoyed it. The backstories of authors are great. 

Anything else you’d like to share?  A story of support?  Your favorite book?  Favorite blog?  Add anything extra here.   

Yes! And thank you for asking. I want to mention two writings that really stick with me deeply and that pushed me to finally write full time. One is a play, the other a novel. 

I read Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s HEDDA GABLER almost forty years ago and it still is stuck in my mind. Most people have not read a lot of plays, so let me share that it is a highly intimate portrayal of a privileged and well-educated German woman’s life in the late 1800s that was first performed in Munich in 1891. I cannot tell you how many times over the years I have thought of Hedda Gabler, of how being an intelligent woman was so tragically difficult for her in the time and culture in which she lived. Ibsen wrote it a century and a quarter ago, but Hedda’s life still haunts me. 

The other is a novel. I read Honoré de Balzac’s MEMOIRS OF TWO YOUNG BRIDES a few years after that. It was written in France about 60 years before Ibsen’s play, and is set in France. The two characters, Renée and Louise, are much happier than Hedda was, fortunately! But Balzac tracks their lives over many years through their personal letters to each other. And again, in a different culture and time, it provided such a close-up and insightful excavation of what life for women was like in the 19thCentury. SO different than anything I could imagine. 

For years I wondered how magical it was that these two men, one in far northern Europe and Scandinavia and one in France, could so deeply see inside the souls and minds of women. And over the years I realized that women through the eyes of women was missing from classical literature. And the reality of what a woman’s life is has so vastly and fundamentally changed in the past two centuries that it is mind-boggling. 

I want to make money writing. But more than that, I want to tell stories about what it is like to be a woman today, but in a woman’s voice. Women through the eyes of a woman. I owe that to Hedda and Renée and Louise.

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    Laura Texas

    Awesome interview. I love the French Romantics as well. Interesting....want to read this book now. Right in my backyard!

    Awesome interview. I love the French Romantics as well. Interesting....want to read this book now. Right in my backyard!

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